"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who mistreat you."
"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."
Luke 6: 27-28, 35-36
Even as I wrote these words from Jesus, my mind kept thinking, "You don't know what people have done! You don't know how hard this is!"
But, I know God knows how hard it is. "He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked." The life of Jesus was an object lesson in living this out.
And now, if I want to follow Jesus, I have to follow Jesus...everywhere. He calls me to examine the deepest parts of who I am; those areas of my life where pride and arrogance continue to hold sway over my flesh. The mere fact that I try to make excuses, to plea my case that my situation is different and so I am justified in my anger and hatred, shows that I am not yet completely sactified.
There is work to be done and Jesus is the one doing it.
Here is the truth that we all need to hear (I'm bringing you into my conviction)...we have all been hurt; many of us by people who were the closest to us. If we do not love, do good and bless those who have hurt us, we have not yet submitted our entire lives to Christ. If you read these words of Jesus and say, "No! Never!" are we really following in our Master's footsteps? Are we willing to let Jesus do the hard work and choose the easy path ourselves?
Believe me, I am acknowledging the difficulty but I also testify to the indescribable joy and freedom found in following Jesus. Every step of faith I've taken; every one more difficult than the last, I have found strength, I have found grace, I have found Jesus ever faithful.
Never have I taken a difficult step of faith and said, "Well, that sure wasn't worth it." In fact, it is the exact opposite. I have always come through amazed and glorifying God and the reality is, the more difficult the step, the greater the presence of God.
WIth that in mind, may all of us choose to forgive. May all of us make the hard choice to follow our Lord wherever He calls us.
Crosspoint Friends Church meets at Morningside Presbyterian Church
1201 E. Dorothy Lane
Fullerton, CA 92834-6242
Sunday @ 9:00 am